We’ve all heard of trees being blown into powerlines and causing power outages and safety hazards.
It’s why we encourage you to check your trees are at a safe distance from powerlines and call a professional tree pruner if branches need trimming.
When high winds or a storm is approaching, we also encourage you to tie down loose items so they don’t get blown into powerlines.
You’d be surprised what a strong gust can pick up and hurl at powerlines. Here’s what some of our response crews have come across recently:
This sun shade damaged a service line (the line that connects a property to the main electricity network).
Trampolines are more common than you’d think. This trampoline exposed electrical wires, which presents a serious safety hazard for the house occupants. Here’s a tip, these types of trampolines are best turned upside down if high winds or storms are coming (there’s less chance they’ll get picked up by the wind).
And a little reminder why we ask people, councils and businesses to trim their trees near powerlines.